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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

Great Lakes Devil's Pale AleGreat Lakes Devil's Pale Ale

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161 Ratings

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Released in the fall of 2006, this was our first seasonal ale. However, the incredible response prompted us to make it available all year long on draught and in 473 ml cans. Brewed with 6 select malts and 4 premium hops, it has a rich mahogany colour, reminiscent of early English pale ales. The wonderful hoppy aroma is revealed even before your first sip, followed by a hearty malty body, and culminating with a pronounced bitterness. Prepare yourself for a devilishly good time…

(Beer added by: Viggo on 08-12-2006)
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

A canned craft beer with a Satanic theme, references to the number of the beast (666). Should we be playing some Iron Maiden before we open this can?

A tan big, bubbly head forms, good enough retention to get by. Dark tawny color, but not so dark that the clarity is hard to see. Smells of caramel and a bit of butterscotch, a little grainy with a slight woody herbal hop as well. High level of smoothness with a creamy, slick full body. Maltiness is thick on the palate with lots of toasted grain throughout, malt sweetness kicks in with tones of caramel and cake batter. Hint of buttery and pear-like fruitiness from the yeast and alcohol. Hops show some balance with a mild bitterness and thick leafy herbal taste which does not last long as the toasted grain finishes with a semisweet toasted, almost roasted flavor.

Two words, "Malt Bomb." Malty and sweet but still somewhat balanced, it sort of reminds us of what Bass Ale used to taste like ... sort of. A decent English Pale Ale with or without a nod from The Devil.

Serving type: can

09-10-2010 13:45:38 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint, dark brown with some bronze hues, two finger tan head, that slowly turns into less than one finger of creamy foam.
Big smell of pine, really green, almost dank, faint roasted malts and caramel. Pretty overwhelmed by hops.
Taste is bitter from start to finish: from roasted malts with a bit of caramel sweetness, to big pine resin and bitter grass, then both of them at the end, with a really bitter finish. Aftertaste is all dried up by it. Citrus comes off from the hops, with nice tangerines and grapefruit, faint peaches, there're also some faint roasted nuts and earthiness, but pine resin and hop oils are the stars.
Medium body and carbonation, just a bit sticky and oily. Fits the bill.
Quite the hop bomb, a bit of a one trick pony. Still, I found the roughness of it to be bearable and really enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 14:21:50 | More by dcmchew
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-27-2014 12:46:43 | More by TheRicker
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

01-09-2014 17:37:43 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

Probably the darkest pale ale I've ever seen. Deep mahogany brown with some faint light chestnut hues. Head forms nice and evenly with soapy retention. Four fingers tall with soapy bubbles and one of the most uniform pucks and islands I've ever seen. Lots of soapy thick lacing to match.

Small hints of caramel and light brown sugar toast. Some faint roast and very faint smoke like tobacco notes as well on this. Kind of interesting not sure where this is going, hints at more roasty porter and brown ale character.

First sip is lightened pale ale body, with a nearly wet but controlled and coating mouthfeel. Large hop steely grapefruit character on the palate and quick hop pine bitterness. More of the citrus angle lingers but also get a bit metallic twinge a bit with hints of faint smoke. Repeat sips bring more of the hop action coming, with zest and oils.

Overall, a big surprise and not what I was expecting after first appearances and smells. A real fun pale ale, and easy drinker also.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 18:38:53 | More by smakawhat
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-18-2013 19:06:57 | More by randallpink
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-15-2013 05:14:36 | More by DamageCase76
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-11-2013 23:30:31 | More by lgmol
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-09-2013 03:29:31 | More by boszormeny
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-18-2013 00:54:51 | More by timiskin
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.9%

10-26-2013 00:18:24 | More by MJ63
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Devil's Pale Ale belongs to the dark side, that's for sure; it is as dark as a beer can be without turning opaque. Its bubbles looked from the pour no stronger than what you'd get from a can of Coke but ended up churning out a decent amount of foam.

The beer smells as 'amber' as it looks: it oozes loads of darkly toasted, caramelized crystal malts and piny, resinous hops. There's also a great deal of roast pecan-like nuttiness, maybe even a dash of cocoa powder. It's a flavour straight out a toffee-glazed sponge cake.

Devils Pale Ale has a hoppiness that is resiny and vinous, reminiscent of pine or spruce serum. It's like being whacked over the palate with a tree branch and the aftertaste tastes as though it contains clumps of wet grass clippings. It has some citrus too, but is not terribly bitter.

In fact, there is a nutty, faintly nougat-like sweetness courtesy of the malts that distracts from those pithy, earthy qualities. Combined with the light roastiness, one easily forgets about the initial rush of bitter herbals and the mind quickly turns to dessert. Or at least another sip.

Devil's Pale Ale is not devilishly hoppy nor sinfully delicious, but enough of both to make it a solid, sessionable beer, especially for those that like the combination of toasty amber malt and Pacific Northwest-style hopping. It's not one I buy often, but it's one that's never disappointing.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 19:39:13 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

10-23-2013 07:20:11 | More by valianes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

10-20-2013 02:35:58 | More by KrisDLSmith
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

09-24-2013 13:11:55 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-21-2013 22:02:40 | More by falconxman
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-21-2013 20:32:43 | More by tom10101
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-14-2013 17:54:42 | More by DenisKolkin
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3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Bistre brown in color with medium carbonation evident. Very dark for a pale ale. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy half-wisp remains leaving some decent lacing to the glass. Interestingly dark and nice looking.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee with pine and floral hops. Light melon too, with some dark bread in there for good measure.

TASTE: Caramel and bready malts, as well as some toasted biscuit notes up front. Caramel and floral flavors at the swallow, with a bold and lingering finish of sweet caramel, a good dose of hop bitterness with some floral and pine lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This was pretty good, though the pale ale label is a little misleading. I guess it's darker because it's evil like the Devil. Pretty scary stuff, and I like scary stuff. Anyways, can't fault it on flavor and overall quality though, so this is one I'd gladly drink on a regular basis if I lived at home. Good stuff guys. Recommended.

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 20:23:45 | More by Jeffo
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance - Pours a dark brown/black colour...a blood red when held up to the light. On top sits an intensely frothy, light brown head, about 2-3 fingers high which seems to last for age. When it does eventually dissipate it leaves behind a very thick trail of lacing.

Smell - Earth and pine and a lot of grain. Nothing spectacular.

Taste - Pine and grains and just a ridiculous amount of malt. Like just wild amounts of malt. not exactly balanced, but no matter. There's quite a bit of hop bitterness here as well.

Mouthfeel - Very grainy texture. Medium body...not too heavy, not too light either. Just right. Low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 21:40:05 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-04-2013 21:41:02 | More by Daffron24
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-30-2013 23:11:48 | More by mick303
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-18-2013 01:58:44 | More by Coreynezy4
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-28-2013 21:47:10 | More by KeKeKumba
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany-amber coloring, slightly hazed, with a frothy, dense, light tan/cream colored head that sits throughout your drinking without moving an inch. Nose of resiny hops, toffee malt backbone, and a touch of roastiness. Flavors are very balanced, with a caramel and toffee backbone, peppery and grassy hops, and a touch of roast. The aftertaste builds with bitter hops character, leaving a pronounced resiny feel in mouth. Smooth feel thanks to the carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. Tasty brew.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 22:47:12 | More by GarthDanielson
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Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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